In Lebanon, he played the imperialist role (which probably fits his American friend’s account). According to an American who runs a hotel in Beirut, he ran across the real thuggish image of Chuck Lisenbee:
We actually had quite an interesting experience with Chuck Lisenbee in Beirut... my wife and I own Saifi Urban Gardens, and during our annual haloween party in 2010 he and a few other guys including two members of the Lebanese “Mukhabarat” tried to drunkenly break into the back door (because there were about 200 people in line at the front).
After passing us his business card (Regional Security Officer), his buddies tried to threaten us (”you are making a big mistake”, “you will never be allowed to travel to the United States” haha, little did they know that I’m a US citizen). Eventually, they left only to come back 15 minutes later with the head of the Mukhfar Gemayze (police station) demanding that I leave with the police... eventually the policy figured out that it wasn’t a great idea to arrest the owner of a hotel for refusing entry to drunken US embassy officers, and everyone left.
We had to write two letters to the US Embassy before we received a response, at which point they said that Chuck did nothing wrong... I guess they were wrong on that too because the State Department called me two months ago while investigating Chuck for misconduct...
Anyways the whole episode says a lot about how the US Embassy works in Lebanon, and makes me and fellow Americans living in Beirut pretty upset.
It is never a good idea to allow a-holes to piss off the locals, because the locals may take out their anger on other Americans.